Title: If You Want to Write
Author: Brenda Ueland
Finished: January 28, 2009
Year Published: 1938
Challenges: Decades, A-Z Challenge, 999 Challenge, 50/100+ Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge, New Authors Challenge
First published in 1938 and again more recently in the 1980s, Brenda Ueland created a great book for struggling authors who may have hit a roadblock.
This book came highly recommended by a friend and I’m glad I took my time in reading it. Ueland takes much for the works of William Blake to stress her points thoughout the book, with the emphasis that every single person is talented and has something to say.
The one thing I took from this book that I want to put into practice in my own life more regularly and thoroughly is keeping a journal. Ueland quoted from her own many times to show that such mundane descriptions often turn into more and help a write find their creative flow.
I’ve always tried in the past to keep journals, but I’m hoping this book motivated me enough to actually start doing it.